Keysha Bailey is Rocketship’s Chief Financial Officer with leadership responsibility for Finance, Legal and Facilities activities. Keysha was born and raised in the metro New York City area. She earned her BA in Economics from Princeton University and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. As a first generation college grad, Keysha’s parents passionately fought for her right to an excellent education. Like many Rocketeer families, her parents understood that educational equity was the key to unlocking lifelong potential. Keysha is committed to expanding the same opportunities her parents provided her, to the next generation.
Keysha’s background includes two decades of diverse finance and strategic operational experience. She began her career in investment banking with J.P. Morgan in New York where she advised on capital structure and raised over $10bn in the public debt markets for real estate, energy, and diversified corporate clients. She followed as Principal of a Colorado based construction enterprise, with a focus on resort based development. Upon moving to San Francisco 10 years ago, she led the strategy for over $2bn in commercial real estate investments including operations, development and joint ventures with Prudential Real Estate Investors. Most recently she has acted as a consultant, focused on advising corporations and not for profit organizations on strategic finance and real estate matters. Additionally, Keysha serves as a Board Member for Envision Education, a charter network with four Bay Area schools. She is also active in the San Francisco community as a member of the Transbay Center Redevelopment citizens advisory committee and as a leader in SF Little League baseball.
She and her husband Joseph are parents of two incredibly energetic boys. A former rugby player and aspiring musician, she loves sports, a good competitive game and playing guitar or bass with her oldest son.